is certainly the most influential legal document in existence. Since its creation some two
hundred years ago, over one hundred countries around the world have used it as a model for
their own. And it is a living document. It is one of the world's oldest surviving
constitutions. And, while the Supreme Court continually interprets the U.S. Constitution
so as to reflect a rapidly changing world, its basic tenets have remained virtually
unchanged since its inception, and unchallenged as well. People quarrel over its
interpretation, but never do they question the wisdom of its underlying principles.